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20 films in contention for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the twenty films which remain in content for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards. Check out the longlist here…

See Also: 26 films in the running for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards

Alien: Covenant Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk Ghost in the Shell Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Justice League Kong: Skull Island Life Logan Ojka Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Shape of Water Spider-Man Homecoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi Thor: Ragnarok Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman

From the above, the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee of The Academy will select 10 films to advance to the nomination voting stage, with the actual nominations set to be
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Field Narrows for Visual Effects Oscar

Chris here. We should soon be getting word of what films have moved on in bake off rounds for Oscar categories like Foreign Film and Makeup and Hairstyling. But now we have a longlist for the Visual Effects category and many of the players are genre films and blockbusters as expected. There is still room for a surprise or two, the most heartwarming of which is certainly Netflix's Okja. There's even two unseen films among the lineup: The Last Jedi and the Jumanji sequel.

Here are the 20 eligible films:

Alien: Covenant Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk Ghost in the Shell Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Justice League Kong: Skull Island Life Logan Okja Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Shape of Water

Spider-Man Homecoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi Thor: Ragnarok Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Logan, The Last Jedi And Thor: Ragnarok Headline Oscar Shortlist For Best Visual Effects

The crusade for Logan to be nominated for (and perhaps win?) an Academy Award just took a major step forward.

Per Deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has cherry-picked 20 – count ’em, 20 – films to move forward in the Visual Effects category ahead of the 90th Academy Awards. Among the budding nominees are Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, Logan and the visually spectacular Blade Runner 2049, which has undoubtedly emerged as the one to beat when it comes to Best VFX.

The preliminary shortlist also features two films that have yet to hit theaters – namely Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 15th) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (December 20th) – so it’ll be interesting to find out if they factor into the Academy’s voting process when it occurs later this month. When all votes have been cast, the
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Oscars 2018: 20 Movies Advance in Best Visual Effects Race, Including ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’

Oscars 2018: 20 Movies Advance in Best Visual Effects Race, Including ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 20 films still in the running for this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The shortlist includes Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Superhero tentpoles “Wonder Woman,” “Logan,” and “Thor: Ragnarok” also made the cut.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

Dunkirk” making the shortlist was the biggest no-brainer, as a Christopher Nolan film has won the Best Visual Effects Oscar twice in the last seven years: “Interstellar” in 2014 and “Inception” in 2010. Disney was the big winner last year thanks to “The Jungle Book.” According to IndieWire’s awards editor Anne Thompson, “Wonder Woman,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Beauty and the Beast” are the frontrunners for the five nomination slots.

The 2018 Oscar shortlist for Best Visual Effects is below.
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Oscars: 20 Films Advance in Visual Effects Race

Oscars: 20 Films Advance in Visual Effects Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 20 films to move forward in the visual effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

AMPAS made the announcement on Monday. The list is dominated by big-budget tentpole films such as “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “Justice League,” “Spider-Man Homecoming,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Wonder Woman,” but also includes South Korean action-fantasy “Okja” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War tale “The Shape of Water,” which carries a budget of under $20 million.

The films are listed in alphabetical order below:
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Oscars: 20 Films Move Forward in Visual Effects Race

Oscars: 20 Films Move Forward in Visual Effects Race
Twenty films remain in contention for this season's Oscar for visual effects, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed Monday.

Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

The 20 films are:

Alien: Covenant

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

Ghost in the Shell

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Justice League

Kong: Skull Island

Life

Logan

Okja

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The Shape of...
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First look at Brenton Thwaites as Robin in Titans

DC Entertainment has released a first look image of Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin in the upcoming live-action Teen Titans series, Titans; check it out here and let us know what you make of his look in the comments below…

See Also: Teen Titans TV series will reportedly include The Flying Graysons

Update: And here’s a behind-the-scenes image of Thwaites in costume…

Titans will follow Dick Grayson as he emerges from Batman’s shadow to become the leader of a fearless band of young, soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Brenton Thwaites leads the cast as Dick Grayson, alongside Teagan Croft (The Osiris Child) as Raven, Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Starfire, Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson (Smallville) as Hawk, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Dove and Lindsey Gort
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Your First Look at Brenton Thwaites as Titans' Robin Is Here

Your First Look at Brenton Thwaites as Titans' Robin Is Here
Robin is ready to step out from under Batman's wing in a big way. The beloved DC Comics character, also known as Dick Grayson, will take center stage in the upcoming series Titans, where the iconic sidekick will become a leader in his own right. And we've got your first look at star Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) in the iconic suit, which was designed by renowned costume designer Laura Jean Shannon, whose credits include Iron Man, The Jungle Book and Black Lightning, among others. Titans, which hails from executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, is a new drama that follows a group of young soon-to-be super heroes recruited from...
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Pushes Disney to $5 Billion Worldwide in 2017 Box Office

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Pushes Disney to $5 Billion Worldwide in 2017 Box Office
Thor: Ragnarok” has pushed Disney past the $5 billion mark at the 2017 worldwide box office for the third year in a row.

Disney said Thursday that it’s become the first and only studio to have reached this threshold for three consecutive years. The current totals are $1.76 billion domestically and $3.24 billion internationally.

Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is expected to surpass $800 million globally on Thursday. Of the 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is the seventh to reach this milestone and the third to do so this year.

Disney also noted that it’s responsible for four of the top nine highest-grossing films of the year, including “Beauty and the Beast” with $1.26 billion ($504 million domestic and $759.7 million international); Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $863.6 million worldwide; and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with $794.8 million worldwide.

Other major titles include Pixar’s “Cars 3” ($383.5 million global) and “Coco” ($178.9 million global) as well
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Thor: Ragnarok Pushes Disney Across $5B Box Office Threshold

Thor: Ragnarok Pushes Disney Across $5B Box Office Threshold
On the same day that the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit Thor: Ragnarok is expected to cross the $800 million worldwide milestone, that tally will help its parent company Disney cross the $5 billion box office threshold. The studio surpasses this global box office milestone for the third year in a row, becoming the first and only studio to have reached this record three times. The global total from Jan. 1-Nov. 29, 2017, is $5,003.1M, including $1,763.3M domestically and $3,239.8M internationally.

With its $800 million worldwide gross, Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, is one of the top contributing titles to Disney's global box office haul. Of the 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is the seventh to reach this milestone and the third to do so this year. This marks the first time the McU released three movies in one year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, although through its
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Pirates Star Geoffrey Rush Denies Inappropriate Behavior Allegations

Pirates Star Geoffrey Rush Denies Inappropriate Behavior Allegations
Geoffrey Rush, star of this summer's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has denied allegations of inappropriate behavior brought against him. The actor has been accused by an unidentified person who claims that the inappropriate behavior in question took place while he was working on a production of King Lear for the Sydney Theatre Company. Rush had this to say in his statement about the allegation.

"The moment I became aware of rumors of a complaint I immediately phoned and spoke to senior management at the Sydney Theatre Company asking for clarification about the details of the statement. They refused to illuminate me with the details. I also asked why this information was being withheld and why, according to standard theatre practice, the issue had not been raised with me during the production via stage management, the director, my fellow actors or anyone at management level. However,
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Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’

Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’
Disney’s “Cars 3” topped the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second consecutive week, holding off a surge from Universal’s “Atomic Blonde” the week ended Nov. 18.

Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller starring Charlize Theron, debuted at No. 2 on both charts selling about 86% as many copies in its first week as “Cars 3” did in its second (and 89% as many Blu-ray units). “Atomic Blonde” earned $51.6 million at the domestic box office.

Coming in at a distant No. 3 overall was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Wind River,” a murder mystery with “Avengers” stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen that earned $33.8 million in U.S. theaters. Rounding out the top five were a pair of superhero films demonstrating staying power on the home video charts: Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at No. 4 and Warner’s “Wonder Woman” at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray
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Fantastic Beasts 2 Team Defend Johnny Depp Casting

Fantastic Beasts 2 Team Defend Johnny Depp Casting
J.K. Rowling, author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books and writer/producer of the Fantastic Beasts movies, has come under fire from one British fan, after the author blocked her on Twitter for bringing up the abuse allegations made against Johnny Depp, who plays Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. The fan, who goes by the Twitter handle @HobbitLindsey, is going viral after she tweeted at J.K. Rowling about how Johnny Depp still gets a role in the Fantastic Beasts movies following allegations that he abused his ex-wife, Amber Heard, while another actor on the original Harry Potter movies, Jamie Waylett, was fired for much less. Here's the original tweet that Lindsey sent to J.K. Rowling below.

"So if I understand correctly the actor who played Crabbe, a minor character, was fired from Harry Potter for doing drugs. Yet Johnny Depp, who abused his wife, gets
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment scored the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts the week ended Nov. 4 with “The Dark Tower,” a science-fiction Western based on the Stephen King novellas that earned a disappointing $50.7 million in U.S. theaters.

Despite its poor box office performance and generally negative reviews, the film debuted at No. 1 on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film knocked 20th Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment in the science-fiction reboot film series, to No. 2, a week after its debut at No. 1. “War” still sold nearly 85% as many units its second week in stores as “Dark Tower” did in its first week of availability.

Another Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” slipped to No. 3 on both sales charts, down from No. 2 the prior week and No. 1 its first week
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Blade Runner 2049 Set to Lose $80M, Is It 2017's Biggest Bomb?

Blade Runner 2049 Set to Lose $80M, Is It 2017's Biggest Bomb?
The long-awaited sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 was expected by many to continue a strong fall season at the box office, bolstered by Warner Bros.' surprise R-rated adaptation It. But instead, it continued to prove how fickle box office audiences have become. After a weak box office debut of $32.7 million, while underperforming in international markets, a new report claims that the sequel could result in financier Alcon Entertainment losing upwards of $80 million. Alcon founders Broderick Kosove and Andrew Johnson revealed on the eve of the movie's release that it needed to make at least $400 million worldwide, and it will end up falling far short of that mark.

The movie, set 30 years after the events of the original Blade Runner, has earned just $85.7 million domestic and $155 million from international markets, for a worldwide total of $240.7 million. Adding to its woes is the fact that Blade Runner 2049 bombed in China,
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Murder on the Orient Express movie review: strangers on a train

MaryAnn’s quick take… Doubly dated, lacking in humor and subtext, its impressive cast deliberately underutilized, this is little more than an exercise in gorgeous production design. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): saw no need for another production

I can’t recall if I’ve read the source material (I might have as a teenager in my classic-mystery phase, but if so, clearly it didn’t stick)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s the biggest mystery of director and star Kenneth Branagh’s opulent period mounting of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel: Why? Who was clamoring for yet another retelling of a story that has been told onscreen — both the big and small screens — several times already, and as recently as 2010 in the beloved television series starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot? Why bother to tell this story
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Blacklist scribe to pen The Other Typist comedy starring Kiera Knightley

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Earlier today, Deadline Hollywood exclusively revealed that The Black List scribe, Marissa Jo Crear, has been hired to pen a rewrite of The Other Typist for Fox Searchlight. Produced by and starring Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales actress Keira Knightley, the forthcoming film is based on the novel of the same name written by Suzanne Rindell. The film is set to tell the story of Rose, a... Read More...
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Teen Titans TV series will reportedly include The Flying Graysons

As the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne led to the creation of Batman, the death of Dick Grayson’s family led the orphan into the care of Bruce Wayne, where he eventually became Robin. The two character’s are linked by their loss, and their desire for justice. With that said, to tell any story featuring Dick Grayson, and not mention The Flying Grayson’s, would be doing the character a disservice. Which is why it’s a relief that the upcoming Teen Titans live-action TV series will reportedly feature the acrobatic family.

As reported by Omega Underground, an audition tape for the Teen Titans show, made by actor Tim Campbell, has been circulating online. The tape has the actor reading for the character “Ben Crossland”. Now, early character descriptions for the live-action Teen Titans series had Dick Grayson listed under the name “John Crossland”, so it stands to
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Jon Favreau’s The Lion King Cast Features Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and John Oliver

The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film The Lion King includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

From Disney Live Action, The Lion King is slated for U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his
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